Providing the opportunity to own a Christian franchise company.
As the founder of LIME Painting, my intent is to grow a business that is more than just the delivery of a service or product. Don’t get me wrong, I want to be great at delivering an innovative and top-notch paint service. In fact, I believe that we have one of the best high-end service based painting business models on the market. Ultimately, I want the business to represent more than just service excellence by also being purpose driven.
For me, I am a Christian, and living out Christian values is my ultimate purpose and “why”. In bringing my Christian values to the workplace, I am better able to be at my best while taking on the role of founder and CEO. You might be thinking to yourself, “why the need to be a Christian franchise?” The answer is simple - I am the best version of myself while working with purpose , and for those who feel similarly, LIME’s Franchise model provides them with the same opportunity.
Franchising is an opportunity to be a part of an existing systemized business.
During the first couple of years of owning a high-end paint company, I realized that it wasn’t just about owning a profitable and reputable business. My inner voice kept telling me that there was more to business than execution and results. In fact, for a period of time I felt stuck, and it wasn’t because I didn't enjoy what I was doing - I loved it. Business is something that I am very good at, not to mention that I really enjoy it.
During that time of wrestling with why I was doing what I was doing, I heard Simon Sinek speak to what made companies great. He explained that great companies have a clear understanding of not just what they do and how they do it, but why they do it. It was in that moment that I realized my “why” didn't have to be limited to my love for entrepreneurship, but my “why” could also be my walk as a Christian. That combination set the foundation for me to truly thrive.
Franchising is a platform that allows me to steward others to walk down a similar path to business with Christian mission. The franchise model is also great at creating an environment where business owners can collaborate, grow a culture, and establish independent businesses together. In essence, the franchise model allows franchisees to be in business for themselves but not by themselves, while also working with purpose through business as mission.
Our duties as Stewards of power, resources, and influence.
Power, resources, and influence accompany a successful business in the marketplace. Within communities, the platform of power, resources, and influence that businesses obtain comes with a great sense of responsibility. For LIME, this responsibility is stewarded in a Christ-like manner. First and foremost, this stewardship is based on the premise that people come before profits. In essence, profits come as a result of a focus on our employees, who go out into the community and reflect the same selfless love and service that was stewarded upon them.
We don’t compromise on values and stewardship.
We don’t require that anyone in our franchise system be Christian, but we do uphold Christian values and our duties as stewards. Our purpose as a Christian values driven organization is to be the light to the world through Christian mission. That Christian mission, when combined with business, is also referred to as business as mission.
What it means to be a Christian based franchise can be confusing to some. With that being said, I want to elaborate on our standards for onboarding new members of our team and partners we work with. In no shape or form, do we declare that employees, customers, partners, and members of the community need to be Christian. To be more direct, we do not discriminate based on sexual orientation, age, race, religion, etc. Rather, we define the standards for how we do business and who we do business with as being Christian values driven.
We don't discriminate, but we make it known that we have Christian values so that people we do business with can decide if our business culture is right for them.
Let’s be clear. We live by values not religion.
At LIME, our role is not to judge or discriminate as we adhere to Christian values and not religion. We do not require franchisees, their employees, or any partners to be Christian. LIME is an equal opportunity company, and we take that as seriously as we take the Golden Rule. To be clear, we do have a culture that is based on Christian values and stewardship.
We’ve all heard of the Golden Rule. If you boil Christianity down to one statement it would be to love God and thy neighbor. At LIME, we hold that same cultural standard to love thy neighbor. The Golden Rule is the inspiration for why we value relationships and people. This fundamental rule applies to how we do business as well as how we steward our people, power, resources, and influence within our community and circle of influence.
Business as Mission is more than business as usual.
Being a leading service expert in our field of business is expected. Rather, it is our priority on people that makes us special. At LIME, we are a people business. Some may refer to our love for people as a culture that reflects family, community, or a tribe. As a Christian based franchise, the company as a whole is expected to live out values of faith, love, integrity, and stewardship.
This motto of business as mission being more than business as usual is reflected in the acronym that makes up LIME - Love, Integrity, Mission, and Excellence.®. In fact, GET LIMED® stands for our employee core values of Gratitude, Enthusiasm, Tenacity, Love, Integrity, Mission, Excellence, and Discipline.
Christian Values that we uphold:
Love thy neighbor
Treat others as you’d want to be treated
Peace and Shalom
Iron sharpens Iron
For our LIME family that is proclaimed Christian:
Sacred and Secular: Worship doesn’t start and end on Sundays.
Sacred and secular are not mutually exclusive to one another. Worship during Sunday Church isn’t just for Sunday at Church. Our body is a temple, and our temple should be treated as sacred so that it is viewed as sacred in a secular world; it is as we are called to be - the light in action.
Our Christian walk should not end at the church doors, but should be carried out into our lives and roles as working professionals, where we spend an upwards of eighty percent of our time. This light in action within business is known as business as mission, or faith and works. It is the vocation of taking up your cross both at church and in the workplace. As a part of our temple, our mind should not be clouded by a division of what is sacred and what is secular, as our minds focus should always be turned towards the world being sacred - a striving mentality of peace and shalom.
Have you ever worked in an organization that prioritized Christian values and family in the workplace? If so, what did you like and not like about it?